MCA Tower ("The Black Tower")
Dedicated on July 9 1963, the imposing "Black Tower" (constructed of black aluminium and glass) houses the executive offices where scripts are read and and careers are made (or broken).
The building was named in honour of the head of MCA, Lew Wasserman
, by Edgar Bronfman following his takeover of Universal. Before this, it was known as the MCA Tower.
Architect: Ralph Vaughn (1907-2000)
MCA TOWER - GOLDEN RIVET - Dedication Day Universal City, California, July 9 1963. Sent in by Charlie Gonzales.
Front lot c.1970s. Image copyright & used with permission:
Repository Name: California State University, Northridge. Oviatt Library. Urban Archives Center
Collection: Valley Federal Savings Collection
'Visitors are liable to bump into almost anyone on Universal's busy streets. No formality here' (from Inside Universal Studios, 1968)
The Black Tower, from Lankershim Boulevard. September 2006